Hugo Chavez through the years

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U.S. actor Sean Penn, center,  who is in Bolivia to attend the hearing of Jacob Ostreicher,  participates in a vigil for Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday Dec. 10, 2012. Chavez's cancer relapse and his sudden announcement that he will undergo a fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba have thrown Venezuela's future into question. Ostreicher is being held in a Bolivian prison in the eastern provincial capital of Santa Cruz while authorities investigate him for money laundering. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died on March 5, 2013 after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader's 14-year rule of the South American country.